The debate over whether Colin Montgomerie should be a Hall of Famer hasn’t yet settled, even with the Scot set to be inducted Monday night in St. Augustine.
Echoing comments made earlier this year by Raymond Floyd, two-time major winner Tony Jacklin recently told the Florida Times-Union that Monty is unworthy of a spot among the game’s legends.
“I vote on the basis of who’s worthy,” Jacklin told the newspaper, “and there’s always majors in it for me.”
Montgomerie will become just the third player to be inducted via the International Ballot without having won a major title.
Montgomerie, who turns 50 next month, was the dominant player on the European Tour in the 1990s, winning 31 times and finishing atop the tour’s Order of Merit seven consecutive years. He also appeared on eight consecutive Ryder Cup teams – compiling an unbeaten (6-0-2) mark in singles – and captained the 2010 team to victory.
Jacklin, however, said that Monty’s sterling Ryder Cup record shouldn’t have led to his induction.
“He won’t be remembered for the Ryder Cup when he’s dead and buried,” Jacklin said, according to the report. “It will just be something that happened in a Ryder Cup. I understand he has a fantastic record and is a great player, but he should have won majors.”